One area of the law that is sure to be a hotly contested issue in the near future is copyright infringement through the use of mobile live streaming applications. The two most popular mobile live streaming applications are Meerkat, and the Twitter-owned Periscope. These two applications allow users to point and shoot their mobile devices and cast a live stream for millions of people around the world to see. While these applications can be used to live stream all kinds of entertaining footage, certain uses of the apps have come under fire as potentially illegal. Some experts fear that “[i]n a single live stream, you might show someone else’s copyrighted creative work, illegally invade their privacy, violate their right of publicity…or even all three!”
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 26, 2016. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Grossman, Zachary, "Copyright Implications of Live Streaming Apps" (2016). AELJ Blog. 116.